Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30131 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by crypticsue)
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Good morning from an unseasonably warm autumn day here in East Kent.
Before I provide some hints for what a Prize Puzzle which I originally wrongly attributed to Chalicea when it turned out to be the work of X-Type, I have some news about Tilsit
After giving the matter serious consideration, Tilsit has announced that he will be standing down from the Blog with immediate effect.
A combination of some new health problems added to his long-standing existing ones, increased challenges in both his daily employment and his Open University studies and overseeing the blog while Big Dave was in hospital, have left him exhausted and quite low, with very little time for crossword solving. He therefore feels it is time to take a complete break from crosswords to concentrate on the other things in his life
Big Dave especially, and the rest of the blogging team, would like to thank Tilsit very much for the time and devotion he has dedicated to the blog, both ‘behind the scenes’ and with his blogs, since his first blog appeared 23 March 2009. We sincerely hope that once his health improves, he will feel able to pick up one of his many pens (his collection has to be seen to be believed!), take down the BRB from the bookshelf and return to both crossword solving and, perhaps, setting a few crosswords for the NTSPP slot.
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.
Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”. Where the hint describes a construct as “usual” this means that more help can be found in The Usual Suspects, which gives a number of the elements commonly used in the wordplay. Another useful page is Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, which features words with meanings that are not always immediately obvious.
A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.
Some hints follow.
1a Group of swimmers, where 2 might be required? (6)
A group of swimmers or somewhere where the solution to 2d is usually required
4a Face university contest (4,4)
My last one in, not least because it took me a long time to realise that ‘face’ was an example of Cockney Rhyming Slang
13a Fruit to hang limply, it’s said (5)
A name given to types of fleshy stoned fruit sounds like a homophone (it’s said) of part of a verb meaning to hang limply
24a Finely slice first of rhubarb in storehouse (5)
The first letter of rhubarb inserted into a storehouse
28a A flight, maybe? Abroad, with spring? (8)
Abroad in the sense of not in with a spring or leap
31a Publicity for dance and song? (6)
This type of song, if split 4,2, might be an informal way of referring to publicity for a dance
1d Appropriate, your being old and secretive (8)
Appropriate as a verb and an old way of saying your
8d Type of cake made by old gormless character (6)
A type of cake or the name of a gormless character in The Goon Show
16d All the offspring made beer, we hear (5)
This synonym for offspring sounds like (we hear) a way of saying made beer
18d Ride with important person in the organisation? (3,5)
A fairground ride or an important person
22d Glaswegian, perhaps — one with a classical feature? (6)
The nationality of a Glaswegian perhaps, the letter representing one and A (from the clue)
27d Letter from American the BBC occasionally sent up (4)
This Greek letter can be found in reverse in alternate letters (occasionally) in AmericAn ThE bBc
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The Quick Crossword pun: OAR + INN + SPIRE + WRING = AWE-INSPIRING